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Open Letter to Pro-Lifers Re: Lethal Defensive Force to Save Lives

Dear brethren,
 
First, I think we all agree on this.  Force, even lethal force, is indeed compatible with Christian love.   Who would condemn condemn a police officer, a soldier, or a government-ordained executioner who employed lethal force in the line of duty?  Even Ruben Chavez recently praised the executioners of Paul Hill in Florida - a man who didn't even get to defend himself at trial!  So on this, most, if not all of us, should agree: lethal force is not inconsistent with Christianity.  
 
Furthermore, I think we all agree with this as well: Not only government agents, but also ordinary citizens may employ lethal force compatible with Christian charity.  Who would condemn those courageous Americans who attacked the terrorist hijackers on Flight 93 on 9/11 and kept it from striking a strategic D.C. target?  Who would condemn an ordinary law-abiding Christian citizen who used lethal force to stop a mass murderer from shooting up kids in the mall with a semi-automatic weapon?  I think we all - Christians and non-Christians, pro-lifers and pro-choicers, pro-life activists and pro-life inactivists, pacifists and non-pacifists - we would all praise these brave defenders as heroes.  We wouldn't accuse them of playing "judge, jury, and executioner."  We wouldn't accuse them of "taking the law into their own hands."  We wouldn't accuse them of "vigilante justice."  We wouldn't call them "murderers."  We would thank God for them and thank them for putting their life on the line to try to save innocent Americans from being unjustly butchered.
 
Furthermore, I think we all agree with this as well: I don't think one of us would necessarily condemn an ordinary citizen who employed lethal force to stop an abortionist from killing innocent human beings!  Not Ruben Chavez, not Jim Webber, not Jed Smock, not Robert Borer, not Britt Williams, not Ron McRae - feel free to correct me if I'm wrong - not one of you fine brethren would necessarily condemn an ordinary citizen who employed lethal force to stop an abortionist from killing innocent human beings... as long as the abortionist was killing already-born-people.  If an abortionist was shooting down kids at the mall, for instance, with an semi-automatic weapon, which of you would condemn the ordinary citizen who used lethal defensive force to stop him?  Hmmm?  I can't imagine one of you would honestly condemn such an one.  Neither would our government.  Neither would our God.  We would call this lethal defensive force "justifiable homicide," consistent with Christian love.
 
The question is: why this discrimination against the preborn?  The Bible is crystal clear that people in the womb are alive and fully human - they are judicially innocent of any capital crimes.  They are the recipients of the God-given right to life and defense just as much as people outside the womb.  Would any honest student of Scripture deny this?  Would any honest scientist, after examining the scientific evidence for the humanity and viability of the preborn human being, deny this?  Why does our government, and why do so many of you condemn the one who would use lethal force to stop the abortionist from killing innocent human beings in the womb when you would not condemn one who would use lethal force to stop the abortionist from killing innocent human beings in the mall?  Why this discrimination against the preborn? 
 
"If ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin." (James 2:9)

I am certainly open to comments and critiques.
 
Dr. Patrick Johnston
www.wherethetruthhurts.org




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